Danielle Boadu, a 9-year-old student, has been named the winner of the “Sum It Up” mathematics competition in the United Kingdom and Ireland, beating out 450 other competitors. The competition was launched to commemorate World Maths Day.
It was open to all primary school students in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The competition’s goal was to instill critical thinking and a big picture perspective in children. It was also intended to help the student see and experience Math as a part of everyday life.
Danielle Boadu, a student at Peterborough’s Heritage Park Primary School, won the competition with her visual presentation of how math can be pictured and captured in her school playground. She used arithmetic, shapes, and parallel lines to express and interpret math.
“I had fun with my entry because I enjoyed finding all the shapes and patterns in the playground,” she said. The competition’s silver winner, teacher of the year in primary school, and the head judge said she was impressed and pleased with all of the entries they received from students from various schools.